In a traditional ward

In a traditional ward
in any hospital now

you may find one of three
different types of accommodation.

One is a single or double room,

one is a bay where you may have four
to six people in each bay,

and some places still have larger wards
where there are more than six people.

Any of those areas shouldn't be mixed.

You should be sure that whichever
of those areas you go into

will have the same sex in each area.

Patients really want this.
They want far more privacy

and as much dignity
as we can possible give them

in quite difficult situations.

It may be that people just want
to mix with people of their own sex,

because they feel more comfortable
in that situation.

I certainly wouldn't want to be on
a mixed ward for any length of time,

because it's just
your privacy and dignity.

There are certain things
that you have to have done

that if you were on a mixed ward
you'd feel much more embarrassed about.

But all being girls together,
you just feel more comfortable.

Probably I wouldn't be able to relax.

Yeah, I wouldn't be able to relax.

I think anything that interferes
with your comfort and peace of mind

is only detrimental.

And certainly, in my personal opinion,

being in a mixed accommodation
would be a disaster.

I think it is important. When you're
staying here and walking around,

you feel in a hospital that you
sometimes lose your dignity.

It's kind of nice. I didn't know
what to expect when I came,

but it was quite nice
that it was women only.

It gives you a bit more privacy when
you're not feeling your best anyway.

It's not a luxury,
it's part of treatment,

and it's something
that will benefit the patient.

And that's what
we all come to hospital for.

The other end of the spectrum
very, very sick people,

who are either receiving urgent care
or very high-dependency care.

And that might mean
that you're next to a man or a lady.

We'll explain that's going to be
the case and why we're doing it.

There have been occasions
more to do with crises

where, "We're terrible sorry
but we have to ask you to share a ward."

"Is that alright with you?"
And that's fine on those occasions,

but I don't think I'd like it
for a fortnight or anything like that.